• Rick Capone, Sports Editor

WCHS boys’ track 2nd at CKC; girls 5th

The Woodford County High School track teams headed to Danville on Friday, May 5, for one of their biggest competitions of the season – the CKC track meet. Held at Admiral Stadium, the boys’ team finished second out of 12 teams, while the girls’ team finished fifth out of 12 teams. Overall, Mercer County won the boys’ competition with 169 points, while Woodford was second with 118 points, East Jessamine was third with 90 points, Pulaski County was fourth with 67 points and Rockcastle County was fifth with 51 points. In the girls’ competition, Rockcastle County won with 128 points, while East Jessamine was second with 101 points, Mercer County was third with 100 points, Pulaski County was fourth with 87.5 points and Woodford was fifth with 63 points. “It was a tough night for a track meet, but our kids stepped up to the challenge,” said Woodford head coach Tracy Sobolewski. “Our boys are competitive in all 17 events. This region is always one of the top in the state. Our boys’ team has the opportunity to compete very well. “Our girls have continually improved every week throughout the season,” she continued. “Their commitment to the team has contributed to their success. CKC was a cold, rainy, windy night, but the girls stuck it out all the way through the entire meet.” Individually, in the boys’ competition, Woodford had three winners. Dwayne “D” Depp won the 100-meter dash, Landon Saum won the 300-meter hurdles and Jordan Upton won the triple jump. Individually, in the girls’ competition, Woodford also had two winners. Breanna Willis won the 100-meter dash and Esther Bradshaw won the 300-meter hurdles. In addition, the team of Bradshaw, Savannah Karbach, Makenzie Thomas and Willis won the 4x200-meter relay. Here are Woodford’s results at the CKC meet. Boys’ Results The boys opened with the 4x800-meter relay, and the team of Sam Eagen, Jonathan Hall, Kyle Holt and Peter McGowan finished eighth with a time of 9:33.30. In the 110-meter hurdles, Saum had Woodford’s best performance, finishing third with a time of 15.91. Justin Lehmkuhler finished sixth in 17.51. In the 100-meter dash, Depp came home the winner with a time of 11.53. Jai Burgess finished third with a time of 11.75. In the 4x200-meter relay, the team of Depp, Jai Burgess, Keagan Stromberg and Keegan Elvidge finished second with a time of 1:35.41. In the first long distance race of the meet, the 1,600-meter run, McGowan scored the team’s top performance. He finished eighth with a time of 5:10.07. Woodford had another second-place finish in a relay, as the team of Jordan Upton, Burgess, Malik Richards and Depp finished second in the 4x100-meter dash with a time of 47.01. In the 400-meter dash, James Hawkins, the only runner in the race for Woodford, finished 13th with a time of 1:05.84. Then in the 300-meter hurdles, Saum won the race with a time of 42.16. Lehmkuhler finished fifth in 45.17. In the 800-meter run, Mitchell Scott finished 11th with a time of 2:24.65, while Patrick Stiltner finished 13th in 2:25.31. Elvidge was the lone runner for Woodford in the 200-meter dash, and he finished sixth with a time of 25.97. In the final long distance race, the 3,200-meter run, McGowan finished fifth with a time of 11:47.10, while Abran Santos finished eighth in 11:49.40. In the 4x400-meter relay, the final relay race for the boys, the team of Hall, Hawkins, Alex Morgan and Justin Alexander finished sixth with a time of 4:13.57. In the first throwing event, the discus, Darnell Richard finished fourth with a best throw of 110-ft., 2-ins. Malik Richards finished 10th with a best throw of 100-ft., 10-ins. Then in the shot put, Jacob Jenkins finished in sixth place with a best throw of 41-ft., 3-ins., while Collin Hudson finished 13th with a best throw of 36-ft., 1.5-ins. In the high jump, both Lehmkuhler and Stromberg cleared 5-ft., 6-ins, but Lehmkuhler did it in fewer attempts to finish fourth, while Stromberg was fifth. Then in the long jump, Michael Nalley finished 10th with a best jump of 17-ft., 3.5-ins. Jordan Upton gave the Jackets a win in the field events, finishing first in the triple jump with a best jump of 40-ft., 1-ins. Girls’ Results The girls’ team opened with the 4x800-meter relay, and the team of Jessica Smith, Turner Reynolds, Regan Martin and Jodi Smith finished fifth with a time of 11:52.24. In the 100-meter hurdles, Bradshaw and Callie Gormley finished third and fourth, respectively. Bradshaw finished with a time of 18.18, while Gormley finished in 18.61. In the first sprint of the day, the 100-meter dash, Willis won the race with a time of 13.74. Bethany Goode finished 11th in 14.45. In the 4x200-meter relay, the team of Bradshaw, Karbach, Thomas and Willis scored another win for the girls’ team. They were first with a time of 1:54.50. In the 1,600-meter run, Bekah Hall and Turner Reynolds finished 13th and 14th, respectively. Hall finished with a time of 7:05.61 and Reynolds finished in 7:09.71. In the 4x100-meter relay, the team of Bradshaw, Karbach, Thomas and Willis finished second with a time of 54.75. In the next race, the 800-meter, Jodi Smith finished eighth with a time of 2:51.00. Caroline Murray was Woodford’s only runner in the 400-meter dash, and she finished 10th with a time of 1:13.05. In the 300-meter hurdles, Bradshaw gave Woodford another win, finishing first with a time of 52.37. Carter Hays ran a great race and finished third in 54.59. In the 200-meter dash, Kasey Montgomery, the only runner for Woodford, finished 11th with a time of 31.93. In the final long distance race, the 3,200-meter run, Woodford’s only runner was Martin and she finished ninth with a time of 14.33.90. In the final race for the girls, the 4x400-meter relay, the team of Bethany Goode, Hays, Murray and Montgomery finished fifth with a time of 4:50.32. In the discus, Renee Murphy finished 18th with a best throw of 32-ft., 8-ins. In the shot put, Mara Llorente finished 11th with a best throw of 25-ft., 6.5-ins, while Murphy finished 20th with a best throw of 11-ft., 9.5-ins. In the long jump, Jessica Smith finished ninth with a best jump of 12-ft., 4.75-ins. Raven Upton finished 11th with a best jump of 10-ft., 6-ins. Next up, Woodford participates in the regional track meet on Saturday, May 13, at 11 a.m. at Bryan Station.

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